Who is Mabel Lucie Attwell?
While shopping at the Arthur Swallow antique fair north of Lincoln, we wandered into a tent filled with retro items. Although these aren’t our typical store items, something caught Theresa’s eye, probably due to the fact that we have a sweet, little baby granddaughter. There was a box of kitschy soft pastel handkerchiefs, thirteen in total. Each handkerchief featured a different scene of chubby toddlers having fun. They reminded us of the kewpies by American artist Rose O’Neill, who made her home north of Branson, near Springfield.
The seller was excited about the treasured handkerchiefs and couldn’t grasp that we had no idea who Mabel Lucie Attwell was, but Theresa loved the set and bought all of them. So, now that we’re home, we’ve put up a new window display featuring the handkerchiefs, just time in for Mother’s Day and we need to educate ourselves on Mabel.
Mabel Lucie Attwell was a famous British author and illustrator. She lived from 1879 to 1964. She is best known for her illustrations depicting children. These illustrations appeared in books, dolls, figurines and ephemera paper products. Many of her drawings were based on her daughter, Peggy (Majorie). The toddlers are charming and the scenes are timeless. She also illustrated fairy tales and nursery rhyme books. Her fairies are reminiscent of Arthur Rackham, Philip’s favorite illustrator.
Stop by and see these adorable handkerchiefs. They would make a special gift for an expectant mom or décor for a baby’s nursery. And we think they make our Mother’s Day window perfect!